Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Calculus AB. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.
Secure Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP Calculus AB Exam is available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.
CED Updated with Free-Response Question Instructions
We recently updated pages 45-46 of the Course and Exam Description (CED) (.pdf/3.72MB) to include the instructions students will see on exam day for completing Section II: Free-Response Questions.
Please help make your students aware of these instructions by pointing them to the AP Calculus AB Exam page on the AP Students site.
Teaching and Assessing AP Calculus
This online professional development resource features new sample free-response questions, videos of master teachers modeling key instructional strategies for challenging skills and content, and resources to help you implement these strategies in your classroom. Log in or learn more.
AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
Essential Course Resources
Course Overview Modules for AP CalculusTake a guided tour of AP Calculus with a series of video presentations that provide a detailed look at the curriculum framework, the exam, the AP Course Audit process, helpful resources, and more.
AP Calculus AB Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Calculus AB Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Calculus AB curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments. You can also find valuable information in the AP Calculus BC course planning and pacing guides, as these resources reference content and skills that are also relevant to the AP Calculus AB course.
Lindsey Bibler, South Florence High School, Florence, S.C.
This course is taught at a suburban public school where more than half of the students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. The teacher emphasizes student interaction, discussion, and application of technology.
Brendan Murphy, John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor, Me.
This course is taught at a private college-preparatory school where over 90 percent of students attend for free. The teacher focuses on real-world applications of the big ideas, including a lab every week.
2016-17 Course and Exam Updates
The AP Calculus AB course and exam were updated in 2016-17.
- The FAQs address some common questions about the updates and the course overall.
- Key Changes is a quick overview of what changed. You can also watch this presentation about the changes.
- The updated course emphasizes conceptual understanding through the Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus (MPACs).
- Visit Expert Input to see the AP teachers and college professors who developed the updated course and exam.
- Learn about the validation study where college professors helped AP finalize the course and exam updates.
College Board Store
Find AP Calculus AB publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Calculus AB.